Building design, construction and renovations
Concrete Culvert Cabin Construction?
I am interest to know if anyone has information or knowledge on using Precast Concrete Culverts as the base for a small modular cabin? Being an "off the shelf" (so to speak) product that is cost effective, comes in multiple ...
Building a 4 bedroom 2 bathroom 225 sqm home using SIPS in Whangarei on a b
Hi, I'm really new to the forums. But have moved back to Whangarei from Auckland (thank god) and am looking to use SIPS as a building material for a new home. Does anyone know any experienced builders that have used ...
DiySpray foam insulation
Hey everyone we are currently renovating a 1960 classic kiwi beach house/batch to suit modern living.
With winter approaching far to quickly we desperatly need some insualtion!
We have linings off currently and i want to spray foam as much ...
Remove and rebuild
My wife and i currently own a property in Tauranga, built in the 1980s that needs a fair bit of money thrown at it to get it upto an acceptable standard.
The house is only 130sqm bit sits on ...
Heating and heat transfer options
Am building a home in Auckland. I am having polished concrete floors downstairs (open plan living) and wondering if anyone has lived with polished conc floors without inslab heating (in Auckland) and if they liked it or hated ...
we want to build a cheap house ourselves
I have just bought 7 hectres of land in Kaiwaka New Zealand, with half of it in covented bush. I am trying to get info and ideas on what type of house we could build that is cheap to ...
Wondering roughly how much it would be to install a heat source to supply our underfloor heating system?
The owners who built it originally got it all piped but never got the heat source installed and we are thinking about getting ...
thermosiphoning solar water.
I'm hoping someone can cast some light on this topic for me.
I would like to put some tubes basically out in the garden down a bank a bit and thermosiphon to my cylinder indoors. There will be about three ...
By Solar Mike
uPVC window Architectural recommendations?
Can anyone recommend good uPVC windows supplier in NZ?
Im after something that has good spans/sizes for architectural house designs
some seem to be limited to 2.1m high would prefer a suite that can do at least 2.7m high
able to be placed ...
Advice on building on rural bare land
I've never done this before and I'm trying to learn.
I'm in the process of buying a rural block. It has a geotech survey with no obvious issues.
We are planning on putting a custom modular home from a reputable company on ...
Swimming Pool: solar v heat pump
We are looking to install a swimming pool (10m*4m*1.5 average depth) at our Auckland house and I’m trying to decide on solar or a heat pump. We are fortunate to have a large north facing and unobstructed roof adjacent ...
By George e boy
Does this beam do anything important?
I found the end of a beam in my roof which is next to the trapdoor and impeding access to the rest of the roof space. It doesn't seem to have any purpose so I want to cut off the ...
From my Inbox this morning:
"To whom it may concern
The Directors of ARIDON Ltd regret to advise that ARIDON Ltd is unable to complete any further ARIDON® SMART WALL installation work and is ceasing trading. This means that the ARIDON® ...
Marshall Water Heater
I've just got hold of a marshall solid fuel hot water heater.
Anyone plumbed one of these in? There are a bunch of connections but no instructions.
I called Marshall today, but no one about.
HRV or something else?
Hi, it's an old topic I know, but I can't find recent forums and was hoping to start this up again, with updated info from users on this hot topic....we are looking at installing an HRV system. I liked the ...
Help retrofitting external wall insulation
I have a house from the ~1940's and want to put external wall insulation in. I've heard some differing opinions on methods, and I want to do it right the first time. I will be doing it from inside. ...
Natural Flow Systems, any experiences good or bad?
We are relocating a house onto a 5 acre section and need to get a septic system fitted. We want to be as sustainable as possible so definately don't want a powered system, and ideally want to our grey water ...
Hi all. I'm relatively new over here and trying to get to get to grips with how things are done! A lot of my work in the uk was plastering ie rendering and skimming, which doesn't seem to happen here ...
By Welsh brickie
Enclosing a veranda. Can it be classed as a bedroom?
Hi all, first post.
If I have a veranda, I'm aware it can be enclosed without needing consent.
My question is, can this be used as a bedroom, as internal walls, doors, fixtures etc also do not need consent.
Magroc Insulfound (Magnesium oxide board) Issues: Rotting, Decaying etc
I have Magroc Insulfound on my foundation slab. The slab has been down for a few months now as I have a delay in getting onto the framing.
The Magroc Insulfound has well and truly rotted away. Has anyone else ...
Home heating & insulation options - Canterbury
We are building a 245m2 single storey home in inland Waimakariri region (temperature range -7 to 30ish).
We have young kids so good heating/insulation is a priority within our budget
Key features of house:
Open living with polished concrete floors, north facing ...
Hot water heat pump calculations
I have just purchased a hot water heat pump from aquafire. Originally the model was a 'matchbox' (5.8kw)
but since then we've been looking at a 'super matchbox unit (8 kw output).
What I want do is install an underfloor heating ...
Timber Framed windows painted black?
Hi there wondering if anyone has had experience with modern timber windows being painted black? Will be lots of north and western sun exposure and concerned that the darker colour might exacerbate weathering/warping over time but not sure if this ...
Azzuro Solar Hot Water Systems
In March 2007 we had to replace our aging hot water cylinder and decided to take the opportunity to install a solar hot water system. After exploring the options, we followed the path to install an Azzuro system with ...
hi i am really interested in viewing your property. I am a housing coordinator and wish to learn more about straw bale. if there is any chance that i can view and talk more about your house please ...